Paul...read the evidence,.Hi Jim
I expect Stone and Gibson did not see Carpathia’s rockets for the reasons I set out in my previous post. They weren’t looking in the right place, they forgot or were distracted by something else. Or, maybe they didn’t know what the rockets meant. After all, Stone saw rockets hours earlier and couldn’t fathom what they were.
Just because someone did not see something doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.
Just in case you think I am being dismissive or irrational, here’s an example. In lifeboat 1, Symons categorically saw Titanic break in two. In the same lifeboat, Horswill did not see Titanic break in two. In the same lifeboat, Pusey saw the sinking but not clearly (maybe he needed a pair of spectacles!).
Prior to that, Boxhall sees white, red and green lights of a vessel. Standing next to him, Rowe only sees a white light.
Furthermore, as this is also a subject of discussion on this thread, as you would presumably agree with Symon’s evidence on the break up, that wouldn’t mean that you would discount the entirety of Horswill and Pusey’s evidence.
Both men focused binoculars on the spot where they saw the flash of Carpathia's signals. On all normal ships, as any deck officer will tell you, that is an automatic reaction to a sighting such as was seen. Distress signals to not simply flash and go out. If they did, they would be as useful as a chocolate fire guard. In real life...and I have seen them...they seem to hang in the sky, and "melt"! slowly downward before finally extinguishing. The idea is to be visible to a potential rescuer for as long as possible. The parachute signals was an upgrading of the same idea.
I am not making this up. It is not the product of a fertile imagination. It is a fact which no one on this sites can deny...hence the deafening silence to my request for an answer.
Stone couldn't fathom out what he was seeing because it did not sound alarm bells in his head - not because he did not know what distress signals were supposed to look like. A Distress signal is designed to do what didn't happen. How many ships do you think saw Carpathia's distress signals and thought she was in distress?
As for what Boxhall saw v. what Rowe saw...Boxhall was using binoculars. He perfectly described an approaching vessel a vessel which came on a steady course, then slowed down when it met the ice and turned this way and that before turning away to starboard and showing a stern light. Hence the green and red being seen together.
QM Rowe simply did what he was told and that would most certainly not have been standing beside Boxhall and Captain Smith admiring the view. In any case, the vessel on the bow was seen at the time the second distress signal was first transmitted.
The red light was seen with the naked eye at least 20 minutes after the second distress signal was transmitted
The first sighting was of a white light fine on the bow, However, when the red light was seen, the vessel showing it was no more than 5 miles away. About that same time, QM Rowe arrived on the bridge. How the heck did he see a white light half a point on the port bow before then?
For your information and that of others... anyone standing on the same side of Titanic's bridge when the morse light was being used would have had their night vision seriously impaired. Only a person under cover or on the opposite bridge wing with binoculars would have been able to clearly keep the approaching vessel under observation.